This blog is about sharing our experience of living in Singapore from February 2007 thru to February 2012 and all the wonderful things we saw, what we did and the places we have been. In other words, our everyday experiences! This blog will continue to survive as I add more information when appropriate.
There was an Islamic family (mom, dad and daughter) and sitting beside them was a Chinese mother and her daughter.
for a few moments, these two little girls
just watched each other
one reached out her hand to the other
they are both holding hands
and they smile
both families aknowledge this by
smiling at each other
many people in the train were watching the
little girls and were smiling too
a very special moment
at that moment I remembered that In Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Peace Prize lecture, given in 1964, he talks about the idea of a house, “We have inherited a big house, a great ‘world house’ in which we have to live together - black and white, Easterners and Westerners, Gentiles and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Moslem and Hindu, a family unduly separated in ideas, culture, and interests who, because we can never again live without each other, must learn, somehow, in this one big world, to live with each other.”
and on the brink of the upcoming holidays, no matter what you celebrate or what you believe in, we are all people who make up this truly wonderful world we live in.
I know ... I have been super slack with my blog the past couple of weeks. Not that I have been slack with not doing anything, far from it .... am just as busy as ever, if not more so.
But my blog priorities have slipped down a notch or two!
So here is just a quick posting about lunch yesterday, well I didn't promise the posting to be exciting did I?
Yvonne and I decided to hit the Arab Quarters yesterday and of course what does one do after walking around gazing at fabrics, some window shopping and of course watching the tourists?
we decided to try NASRIN RESAURANT this time, looking for a bit of a change from Alaturka or Amirah's Grill the two places we really like. We should have stayed with what we like rather than being adventurous and trying out this Iranian Restaurant!
Food was mediocre and for the price, would have expected more on the plate..... and I should have been tuned in for the 'warning bells', which in this case meant no other customers!!
John had a couple of days off earlier in the week due to the Hari Raya holiday yesterday (Wednesday Nov 17) ...... so of course we headed off to Batam.
.......... and as everyone knows we have a little villa at Nongsa and go over there for some peace and quiet as often as we can. We had not been for the past 5 weeks as we had some renovation work being done and we were hoping it would be finished this past weekend. But sadly it was not fully completed as there had been a lot of rain in the past few weeks which certainly would have held up any works being done.
All good things come to those who wait!
The renovations we had done were some painting and a few other bits and pieces, but the BIG thing we had done was a new balcony on the second level of our villa!
We were expecting it to be completed and to be able to sit out on our new balcony having an early morning coffee ...... but was not to be. Had we realised, we would have waited till the next week to go over. But it was still rather nice to be able to stand out on our balcony and watch the sunrise and even better we could actually lay in bed and see the ships heading up into the South China Sea! The blue arrow shows the direction we look out to from our villa ..... so yes we can see all the ships traveling in and out of the Singapore Straits .....
we go over again this weekend and hopefully it will be completed ..... nothing much else to do, just a wee bit of painting and hanging of the drapes. The cups, the coffee and the tea are all ready and waiting .... all it needs is us out there on our nice new balcony!!!
above image is coming thru our bedroom.... and on to the balcony as seen below
and then the various views we see from the balcony
image above is looking direct out to the South China Sea
and below is over towards Kota Tinggi in Malaysia
the image below shows what the balcony looks like from below, but you can still see the masking tape on the windows in this .....
but by next week, we will have better photos to share I am sure!
Over the next few days the 58th Division took over the entire front at Bullecourt west of the Central Road. The Australian's 5th Division maintaining the front on the right.
The end though, was finally in sight. On 15 May the Germans made a final attempt to oust the British from the village. The Australians and British now held the upper hand though and they were now as well entrenched in the old German positions as the Germans had been only a week before.
As the two sides' artillery fought out their own battle for supremacy the advancing German infantry now found themselves cut down by entrenched machine gun positions.
The moment was ripe to finally take Bullecourt in its entirety. At 02:00 hours on 17 May 1917 the 2/5 London Battalion attacked the last German held strong points in the south west corner of the village.
Bullecourt was in Allied hands after two weeks of gruelling and costly battle.
At 0345 hours on 7 May 1917 the British 7th Division made another attempt, this time successful, to take Bullecourt village but, as usual, the German response was vigorous and the village changed hands several times over the next few days with heavy casualties on both sides.
On 12 May the Australian 5th Division gave the British 7th Division strong support, in particular capturing, or destroying, several troublesome machine gun positions and joining up with them in Bullecourt village, most of which was now in British hands. This is when Arnold was shot.
Quite a bit is written on the battle of Bullecourt and one such article worth reading can be found HERE.
images above and below, are of Australian troops in the trenches at the battle of Bullecourt in May 1917
BARTRAM.- In fondest memory of our brother,
Arnold Roy, who died of wounds on
13th May,1917, at Bullecourt, brother of Raymond Everardand Reginald Percy (both died on active service).
(Inserted by their loving sisters, Ethel andClarice.) 7 - 12 May 1917
above image:Informal outdoors portrait of the three Bartram brothers who have met up whilst on active service.
It has been argued that the Battle of Messines was the most successful local operation of the war, certainly of the Western Front. Carried out by General Herbert Plumer's Second Army, it was launched on 7 June 1917 with the detonation of 19 underground mines underneath the German mines.
The target of the offensive was the Messines Ridge, a natural stronghold southeast of Ypres, and a small German salient since late 1914. The attack was also a precursor to the much larger Third Battle of Ypres, known as Passchendaele, decided upon by the British Commander-in-Chief Sir Douglas Haig following the collapse of the French Nivelle Offensive earlier in May 1917.
General Plumer had begun plans to take the Messines Ridge a year early in early-1916. Meticulous in manner, Plumer preferred to plan for limited successes rather than gamble all on a significant breakthrough.
The following website has quite a bit on the battle of Messines including some images and is titled:
The attack effectively began on 3rd June when thepreliminary bombardment intensified, and was kept up until 0250 hrs on 7th June when Raymond Everard BARTRAM was killed.
he was 23 years of age.
The above is an informal outdoors portrait of three Bartram brothers who have met up whilst on active service, from Richmond, Vic. Identified left to right: 6955 Private (Pte) Reginald Percy Bartram, 37th Battalion; 2304 Pte Arnold Roy Bartram, 60th Battalion; and probably 2682 Sergeant (Sgt) Raymond Everard Bartram, 46th Battalion.
all three brothers were killed in 1917
Arnold Roy BARTRAM - KIA 13 May 1917 Raymond Everard BARTRAM - KIA 07 June 1917 Reginald Percy BARTRAM - KIA 04 Oct 1917
Ray Bartram is buried at the Messines Ridge Cemetery in
Mesen, West Vlaaderen, Belgium.
The blog post on Arnold Roy BARTRAM KIA 13 May 1917 is HERE
Shophouses can be - and are - multi-functional ..... a shop, a home, a restaurant or even a business, whatever you want it to be!
Typically, shophouses consist of shops on the ground floor which open up to a public arcade or "five-foot way", and which have residential accommodation upstairs. The shophouses would abut each other to form rows with regular facade, fire walls and adherence to street alignment.
most are very well cared for, then you come across a few that need more then just a coat of paint!
Many styles are unique to Singapore, though shophouses can also be seen in parts of Malaysia.
Over the time we have been here I have often taken photos of these amazing shophouses ..... there are a few here for your enjoyment.
As its name suggests, a shophouse often contains a shop with separate residential spaces. More generally, space occupied by the former contains a semi-public function. While this usually is, and historically usually was, a shop, it could just as easily be a food and beverage dormitory for single workers.
Popular belief holds that shophouses were initially occupied by single families, with their private living areas in one space and the more public family business in another. However, it is possible that the two spaces were usually used by unrelated persons or groups, who may be tenants or resident owners. The position of the shop and residential space depends on the number of floors of the shophouse: A single storey shophouse tends to include residential space behind the shop, while residential spaces in shophouses of two or more storeys are typically located above the shop.
There are people that purchase these Shophouses and renovate, as did this couple. Click HERE to see the amazing renovation of one of these very old shophouses!
Singapore is modernizing at an incredible rate and shows no sign of slowing down. Fortunately, its unique shophouse architecture is being preserved in ways that both residents and visitors can appreciate and utilize.
Next time you are visiting Singapore or maybe just wandering around the streets, take a closer look at some of these unique buildings of Singapore!